Fire sends smoke though NY hospital

May 18, 2009 7:59:40 AM PDT
A second-alarm electrical switch fire spewed smoke through a portion of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia in Washington Heights Monday. The fire broke out outside a hospital research facility on Fort Washington Avenue.

Con Edison responded to put out the fire, though they say it is not their equipment and they merely assisted the fire department. The fire was in hospital equipment and was quickly under control.

There was a light smoke condition through a portion of the hospital, and two buildings were evacuated.

The hospital released the following statement:

"There was a fire in one of the tunnels of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The FDNY has extinguished the fire. Two buildings -- one an outpatient building, and one a support service building -- were evacuated due to a smoke condition, and several patients and staff have been taken to the Emergency Department for evaluation and treatment."


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